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Argentine Corn Planting Continues on Rain-Soaked Ground

16 January 2013
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

ARGENTINA - USDA forecasts Argentine corn production for 2012/13 at 28.0 million tons, up two per cent from last month and 33 per cent above the 21 million tons grown in 2011/12.

Area is estimated at 3.5 million hectares five per cent less than last month and three per cent less than last year’s droughtaffected, harvested area.

The yield for the crop is estimated at 8.0 tons per hectare 8 per cent more than last month and 37 per cent more than last year’s ravaged yields.

Rains continue over the core-planting regions of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Santa Fe and up into the northern regions where planting is nearing the end.

Of the crop originally forecast to be planted, four per cent in Buenos Aires remains unplanted; four per cent in Cordoba; 11 per cent in La Pampa; 11 per cent in Santa Fe; and, 60 per cent in the Northern regions, according to the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture in early January.

Soil profiles throughout the country have ample moisture.

Early-seeded corn is at the seed-fill stage and shows good yield potential because of the good moisture. There has been some crop spraying of corn due to reports of severe armyworm infestations in some locations along with sporadic disease such as smut and corn blight.

(For additional information, contact Dr. Denise McWilliams at 202-720-0107.)

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